Crushing blow for Souths veteran

South Sydney’s premiership aspirations have copped a hit with veteran winger Josh Mansour suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Mansour was taken off the field in the second half during Friday’s loss to Penrith after sustaining a cut and suspected knee injury.

The former Panthers flyer was left battered and bruised as his ex-club physically went after him.

Souths halfback Adam Reynolds revealed Mansour was expected to be sidelined for the rest of the year.

“He (Josh) has done his knee – I’m not too sure how bad it is, but I don’t think he will play any part with us this season, which is unfortunate,” Reynolds said about Mansour, who scored 10 tries in 11 games for the Rabbitohs this season.

“I thought he started the game excellent, and he is a key member for our squad, so it’s disappointing.

“He is getting on with his recovery now and we wish him the best with it.”

Mansour’s injury isn’t ideal for Souths given his experience, especially in the finals, but the club has strong depth in the outside backs.

The likes of Jaxson Paulo and Taane Milne are both reliable options for the Rabbitohs according to Reynolds.

“Both those guys have spent a bit of time with us and done a good job,” he said.

“So, whichever way Wayne wants to go with, they will fit into that spot nicely.”

Josh Mansour receives treatment for a cut to the head against the Panthers. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Souths winger Alex Johnston was shattered when he heard the Mansour injury news.

“He (Josh) was playing really good footy,” Johnston said.

“He filled in for me there on the left wing and he was playing really well, so I’m really disappointed for him.

“We’ll all get around him though and make sure he is all right.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds is confident Souths can still compete for the premiership despite losing to fellow heavyweights Penrith last weekend.

He feels the Rabbitohs are well placed heading into Friday’s blockbuster clash against arch rivals the Sydney Roosters after a solid showing versus the Panthers.

“We walked away a bit more confident than we were at this time last year,” he said about losing to the Panthers after leading 12-0 early.

“We know we can match it with the top two teams. Obviously, the score line doesn’t reflect it, but there were moments in that game when we felt like we were well and truly on top of them.

“It is just about doing it consistently for the 80 minutes.”

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